Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Wolmer's Boys edged Jamaica College (JC) 1-0 to capture their third lien on the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Gatorade/Digicel Walker Cup Knockout trophy at the National Stadium yesterday. Wolmer's previously won the trophy in 1971 and 1976.
Demar Rose scored the lone goal for the Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's in the 15th minute.
Both teams ended the football game with 10 players. JC's captain and national Under-17 player, Junior Flemming, saw a straight red at the 65th minute. Wolmer's national Under-20 striker, Jason Wright, was given a straight red card for striking JC's Alando Brown in the 83rd minute.
"I think that we deserved this one," said Bernard.
"It wasn't the type of game that we wanted to play. However, my players really worked very hard for this one and it is good to see that they can leave the competition with a trophy," he said.
Bernard, however, expressed mixed feelings at not challenging for the Manning Cup title, in the second game of the finals double-header.
"It is a difficult pill to swallow not playing in the second game because I think we deserved to be there, but we had an off day against St George's last Saturday and this is the price that we pay."
Rose headed home a left-sided cross from Kamar Osbourne past goalkeeper Odayne Clarke for the game's only goal.
Wolmer's, situated at the northern end of Heroes' Circle, dominated the first half and also hit the goalpost when goalkeeper Clarke dived to his left to deflect a header from Jorginho James at the 37th minute.
Clarke was instrumental in Jamaica College trailing by such a narrow margin at half-time, as he was forced to make a number of key saves from the Wolmer's attackers.
However, JC came out very confident in the second stanza, but they were kept at bay by a well-organised Wolmer's defensive unit and excellent goalkeeping from goalkeeper Almal Knight.
50th minute equaliser
JC's striker Steffan Logan should have given his team the equaliser in the 50th minute, but his clear shot from 12 yards was spectacularly saved by Knight, who had to dive to his right to turn the ball behind for a corner.
A few minutes later Flemming collected a pass out of the midfield from Kevin Blackwood inside the 18-yard box, but with Knight at his mercy, his weak shot went wide of the target.
JC suffered a major setback when Flemming was sent off for violent conduct.
Delroy Brown, assistant coach of JC, said his team tried its best.
"I must give credit to players because it was a gusty performance from them," said Brown. "I think the game swung when our captain was red-carded, but congratulations to Wolmer's on their victory."